Kurdistan Region banned Iranian animal imports due to diseases, says Agriculture Ministry28/07/2012 14:30
ERBIL, July 28 (AKnews) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Water resources in the Kurdistan Region has banned animal imports from Iran due to the spread of disease.
Director of animal resources Ramazan Karim said: "All Iranian animals in the region came illegally by smugglers."
The region has banned animals from Iran since February because of spreading foot-and-mouth disease, which is an infectious and sometimes fatal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic and wild bovids.
Karim said the ban led to a rise in meat price in the region.
The director added: "The region has also banned imports of animals from the US, Germany and Spain due to diseases but allows animals to come from Turkey, Brazil, Armenia and Goergia."
The cause of foot-and-mouth disease was first shown to be viral in 1897 by Friedrich Loeffler. He passed the blood of an infected animal through a Chamberland filter and found that the fluid that was collected could still cause the disease in healthy animals.
By Dawan Hadi